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    ‘It was definitely busier than last year’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Some celebrities hadn’t even flown out Monday morning after another successful Comic Con, yet co-founder Chris Dabrowski was already planning for 2017.

    In fact, Dabrowski said dates for next year’s pop-culture extravaganza have already been set for the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls: June 2, 3 and 4.

    A few guests have been booked, while several vendors indicated they want to come back, he said.

    It’s a positive vibe Dabrowski is used to getting now after organizing five events.

    “Our attendance this year surpassed last year’s attendance, and we hope that continues for years to come,” he said.

    Carnival vibe enhances Hard Rock series

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Perhaps more than any other free, outdoor concert series in Western New York, Hard Rock Rocks Old Falls Street is presented as a community event more than just a big concert with basic concessions.

    Saturday night, the two blocks of Old Falls Street were filled with puppeteers, in-your-face mimes, vendors and even Hard Rock’s in-house Bulgarian breakdancing twins. There also was a crew from Niagara Arts and Cultural Center working the crowd to raffle a guitar donated by Generations Music and autographed by the headlining performers – veteran Canadian rockers Sloan. And, true to form of a tourism community, the guitar was won by a Californian.

    What the streets lacked, however, was a huge crowd. The third installment of the six-week series saw a significant dip in attendance since classic rock retreads The Guess Who opened.

    Greg Frewin reaches big milestone

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    From Niagara This Week:

    When Greg Frewin made the move to Niagara Falls approximately seven years ago, he wasn’t sure what to expect. The award-winning illusionist and “world champion of magic” left behind the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas to make a new home for himself and his family in Niagara Falls.

    “I loved Vegas, it’s a great place to visit,” he said. “But it’s not the type of environment that I wanted to raise my family in.”

    Instead, the Hamilton-born illusionist made his way to Niagara Falls, setting up shop in one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations. At first, he admits, it was slow going for the dinner-theatre show.

    “We had to work hard to get where we are today,” he said. “It took a while for it to grow.”

    Looking back on his 1,500 shows in Niagara Falls, a milestone he reached on Monday, Oct. 24, Frewin said he remembers most vividly the night they first broke 100 in terms of attendance. His mother, who has since passed away, was on hand at the time, helping her son in the theatre.

    “She was so thrilled and had the biggest smile on her face,” he said. “There were definitely drinks for everyone that night.”

    New openness at Parks

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    It’s hard to know how many chairs to put out when you’re not sure who is coming to the party.

    The Niagara Parks Commission is gearing up now to accommodate the press and members of the public at its first public board meeting Friday, after more than a century of holding its sessions in private. But they’re not sure how much interest there will be in watching the mundane goings-on of the provincial agency.

    “We’ll have a bit of a gallery there. We’ll just be guessing at attendance,” said commission general manager John Kernahan, who’s overseeing preparations for the meeting.

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